Piles of work ahead for Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach
16 Oct 2020
Underground service upgrades and relocations are almost done, which means major construction in Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach will begin soon.
We now have two huge piling rigs on site in Edithvale and Chelsea, with our second piling rig landing on site in Edithvale last week.
The piling rigs have already started driving the first of approximately 4,500 sheet piles deep into the ground to form the walls of the three rail trenches in Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach.
These sheet piles will be driven up to 19 meters deep into the ground in lengths and positioned side by side to form one strong wall to retain the earth.
There will also be some standard concrete piles inserted vertically into the ground to support the weight of the new infrastructure at the deepest points of each trench.
The piling rigs come from all over Australia, making their way bayside to help us remove five level crossings and build three new stations in Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach.
Our largest sheet piling rig weighs a whopping 114 tonnes which is about the same weight as a blue whale!
Locals can expect to see up to six piling rigs working concurrently along Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach as work ramps up.
Piling will continue into 2021 using a staged approach to keep disruptions to a minimum.
The completion of this work will pave the way for the excavation of the trenches. See the maps below for piling locations.
Aspendale to Chelsea
Chelsea to Patterson River
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